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Undergraduate Pre-Health Program

Office of Inclusion and Outreach

Program Mission & Overview

The Undergraduate Pre-Health Program (UPP) started in the spring of 2006; the Office of Inclusion and Outreach(OIO) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus hosts the year long program. OIO is committed to helping increase the number of historically underrepresented individuals within the health care professions for the purpose of reducing health disparities among underserved communities in Colorado.

By participating in the program students learn about health disparities, health policy and social justice issues that impact equity in healthcare. Courses are taught by distinguished University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus  faculty, staff and students. Topics consist of personal and professional development, lectures, demonstrations, and interactive presentations. The program is designed to allow students to explore the many facets of health care. 

Program Components

  • The program will start with a summer orientation to be held in August. 
  • Saturday Academy workshops will be held monthly during Fall - Spring, starting in August through May. 
  • The summer portion of the program will take place May - July. The summer component will include a paid summer internship on the Anschutz Medical Campus (summer internship participation is contingent upon successful completion of Saturday Academies and positive evaluation of behavior/performance).

During the summer portion of the program students foster a sense of togetherness, community, cohesiveness, and cooperative learning which is essential for their success in post-baccalaureate programs. Participants give formal presentations on their summer experience at a UPP End of Summer Colloquium. Students formally and informally meet and are mentored by current medical students, pharmacy students, public health students, dental students and graduate students. 

The program offers opportunities for students in career exploration from the Colorado School of Public Health, College of Nursing, School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, Graduate School, and the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Also, students have direct access to faculty, deans, and staff on the campus. Students have the opportunity to work in both clinical and scientific research, shadowing healthcare professionals, and year-round coaching. Students are potentially provided with a scholarship to take a Kaplan Review Course prior to taking MCAT, GRE, PCAT and DAT. Special emphasis is placed on acquiring letters of recommendations, writing personal statements, perfecting interview skills, and engaging in mentoring opportunities and post-graduate program opportunities. 


Students are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, and an interest in healthcare professions. We encourage students from underrepresented groups or backgrounds including first-generation college attendee, low income/financial hardship, LGBTI, U.S. veterans, persons with a disability, or ethnic minorities such as Black or African American, Hispanic, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and Asian to apply. 

  • Applicants must have 30 or more college credits before the start of the program
  • Applicants must be full-time student throughout the duration of the program. 
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have Permanent Resident status. DACA recipients, DREMers and valid Visa holders can also apply. 
  • Students are not permitted to work part-time jobs or take any additional classes (exceptions for online classes may be granted on an individual basis) during the summer portion of the program.

Application Requirements

  • Minimum Overall GPA of 3.3 (preferred GPA 3.5)

  • Minimum Science GPA of 3.3 

  • ​Two (2) recommendation forms (see application) - at least one from science faculty (Includes: STEM, Natural Sciences, Psychology etc)
  • EXTENDED DUE TO COVID-19-Must complete application by May 1, 2020 (all components of the application must be complete and submitted by the deadline) 
  • ​​Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended for the application.
  • Interview


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